Despite news reports of more than 500,000 dead and blazing headline threats of escalating virus mutations sweeping across hot spots in America like a biblical plague at the time I was wrapping up my final draft for this article, this semester at Hunter been more relaxed and laid back for me and students I know, especially seniors who want to graduate this June, writes Niamh McAuliffe. Why? “It’s all about the Zoom.”
Emerging media major David Dekle-Hills, who lives in Howard Beach, Queens, said he experienced a period when he lost passion for his favorite endeavors but eventually brushed off the apathy. Film major Kedar Young, 22, who lives in Yonkers, said he found ways to be productive during the pandemic. Senior Sumaya Nasir, 22, said her friends really have helped her.
By Seon Pollard
Sitting in a corner in my parent’s basement, headphones to block out the sounds of footsteps stomping above me, I may be staring at a collage of names with occasional faces mixed in, and muting and un-muting myself to speak. This is what my “classroom” is like during the COVID-19 pandemic. And I detest it.
By Marlena Freitas
“I’m grateful that my mother and I haven’t been sick with the virus, that we haven’t been financially affected, nor evicted from our apartment and that I am continuing with my studies. I know that around 41,486 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the United States on March 9, 2021 around the time I started working on this article” – Christopher Molina.
Each year, Peabody Awards are bestowed upon a curated collection of 30 stories that capture what PA considers society’s most important issues — known as the Peabody 30. From major Hollywood productions to local journalism. The Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and are still based in Athens today.
One of the editor’s former students from his teaching days at Rutgers University, News Brunswick, steps out into the light of day.
Says SPJ President Rebecca Baker: “We owe it to the next generation to help young people gain the tools they need not only to pursue journalism as a profession, but also to gain the knowledge of the importance of fair, accurate news gathering and how journalism upholds the First Amendment.”